Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Whether for religious reasons or because of work, not everyone is celebrating the holiday today.
For those who don't celebrate Christmas today (or any day) Dec. 25 can still be a nice day. Almost everyone has the day off, so maybe you take advantage of that to spend the day with family and friends. Downtowns, parks and streets are usually empty, so perhaps you hit a favorite ethnic restaurant that's open or go for a quiet run or long walk. For those working, the day often means visits from family bearing the gift of a home-cooked meal and the promise of a Christmas celebration on another day. What's your non-Christmas Christmas Day tradition?
Friday, December 14, 2012
Patch editors from across Chicagoland share some of their favorite Christmas recipes.
Patch.com editors from across the Chicago area dug into their cookbooks and came back with some of their favorite holiday recipes to share with readers. We hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays! Share your favorite holiday recipes with Patch! Send your recipe as well as any photos to Editor Amie Schaenzer at email@example.com and we will include your recipe in this article.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Patch put together a map of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms for the northern Chicago suburbs.
Are you one of the 21 percent of United States homes that have a real Christmas tree? That's the number of people that opt for the real deal, according to the University of Illinois Extension's Christmas Tree fact page, compared to 48 percent who chose to have an artificial tree. (The rest don't have a tree.) If so, then perhaps you're also part of the 21 percent of those with real trees who like to cut them down yourself at a tree farm. Patch has assembled this map of cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in the vicinity of the northern Chicago suburbs. Click on the pins for more information about the farm or move the map around and zoom in on an area near you. Happy chopping!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Area communities and organizations will host events that will include appearances by Santa Claus, holiday lighting ceremonies and parades in coming weeks.
Where: The parade will kick off at City Hall in Crystal Lake, go west on Woodstock Street, south on N. Caroline Street, east on Crystal Lake Avenue, north on Grant Street, east on Woodstock Street and south on Williams Street. The Downtown Crystal Lake website has a map of the parade route. When: Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free What's Happening: There will be over 50 parade entries, including decorated floats, marchers, music , and, most importantly, Santa Claus himself finishing off the parade in a horse-drawn sleigh. Following the parade, Santa will light the downtown Christmas Tree and visit with children "at his house in Brink Street Market," according to the Downtown Crystal Lake website. Where: Village Hall , 600 Harvest Gate in …
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Lifetime Fitness welcomed the Christmas season, treating guests with refreshments, crafts, and Santa Claus.
Lifetime Fitness welcomed the Christmas season, treating guests with refreshments, crafts, and Santa Claus. The children lined up with their parents to speak to Santa and then they enjoyed holiday cookies, hot chocolate and the chance to visit the craft table, where they wrote letters to Santa Claus. The fitness club was filled with smiles and holiday cheer. Do you have any photos with Santa? Please upload them and share them with us. Just sign in with your email and create a password.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Over the weekend, Children were able to meet Santa and ask for gifts.
The Cary Park District kicked off the holiday season with a Santa's Workshop, where families rode the Metra train from Cary to Santa's Workshop, which was held at Duke's Alehouse in Crystal Lake. Children asked Santa for gifts like trucks, cars, ponies and makeup. One child asked for a battery operated kitten that could walk and talk. Santa told the children, "Always listen to your parents" and "Put out a couple carrots for the reindeer." Check in daily with patch, as we will have coverage of many holiday events this season.